WPT Vietnam saw cards flying all around the Pro Poker Club with action taking place at every corner of the room. One side was occupied by players returning for the Ho Chi Minh Cup, another large section by the Bounty Event with 132 entries, and taking center stage was the highlight of the festival, the VND 8 Billion Guaranteed MAIN EVENT. We’ve got all those results for you below.
Tran Hanh crushes Day 1A
Day 1A of the Main Event had a slow start with players having to wait out the pouring rain outside. By mid-day, the room was pumping that by the close of registration, there were 105 total entries. Taking full command of the chip lead was Austria’s Tran Hanh with 437,000 in chips.
The first time Hanh entered our radar was when he crippled down Hong Kong pro Alan King Lun Lau with A-K top two pair over A-J top pair. While Lau went off to fire another bullet, Hanh went on to crush the competition.
Having a quick chat with Hanh, we discovered he was decorated with numerous titles including a WSOP bracelet, one he claimed in June 2018 at the US$1500 2-7 Lowball Draw event. Though Lowball may be his forte, his run today clearly proved his Hold’em skills were just as sharp. Hanh railed several players including Eric Tsai to ship in a massive pot. Tsai landed a straight on the flop but lost to Hanh’s set turned full house. To close Day 1A, Hanh eliminated two short stacks to bring the field down to 26 players.
Bagging up the second largest stack was Japan’s Kazuma Inotsume with 203,000 in chips. Inotsume had an exciting day at the races staging a fantastic comeback. Eight rounds in, he was packing up having moved all in with top pair while his caller had a small flush. However the turn and river produced a higher five card community board flush to save Inotsume from elimination. From there, it was all northbound. His day closed with a late game double up against Ta Duy Quoc Chinh with A-K pairing up to defeat pocket tens.
Notable players making it through were UK’s Simon Burns who recently won the WPT Korea Super High Roller 2 event, Julien Tran, Nishant Sharma, Paul Hockin, Iori Yogo, Henrik Tollefsen, and Nguyen Chi Thinh.
You can review the Day 1A action in our live updates page where you will also find the chip counts.
Main Event action resumes on Saturday, September 29 for Day 1B. Cards in the air at 1pm.
Zarvan Tumboli wins the WPT Ho Chi Minh Cup
The two-day WPT Ho Chi Minh Cup concluded today with India’s Zarvan Tumboli taking down the event and pocketing the VND 246,950,000 first place prize money.
The event saw a total of 207 entries with 28 players returning today. The money began to flow after the bust out of two players with Nguyen Van Xuan falling on the bubble.
With the money guaranteed, bust outs were rampant and the final table was soon formed with the last nine players moved to the feature table.
The game then took a slower pace with everyone enjoying the spotlight. By the time it reached heads up, Tumboli had amassed 75% of the chips. Luat Tran put up a fight, doubling up within the first two hands, however another two after, it was over. Tran pushed with and Tumboli crushed it with on a final board of .
Final Table payouts
1st Zarvan Tumboli – India – VND 246,950,000
2nd Luat Tran – Vietnam – VND 171,400,000
3rd Ayman El-Said – Russia – VND 102,900,000
4th Nguyen Vu Thanh – Vietnam – VND 62,600,000
5th Tran Duc Nghia – Vietnam – VND 48,340,000
6th Lee Wei Chan – Malaysia – VND 40,060,000
7th Rubin Labroo – India – VND 34,130,000
8th Nguyen Hoang Ton – Vietnam – VND 29,420,000
9th Shyh Chyn Lim – Malaysia – VND 24,700,000
Bounty Event storms in with 132 runners
The Bounty Event was the last to wrap up with the huge turnout of 132 entries downsized to to the final nine players by midnight. They will return tomorrow for the race to the title. Here are the finalists:
Yik Yin “Ray” Chiu – Hong Kong – 492,000
Pham Bao – Vietnam – 489,000
Van Don Dang – Vietnam – 214,000
Steve Tegnelia – USA – 198,000
Mason Rosenburg – USA – 164,000
Duc Phang Tran – Vietnam – 160,000
God Giong – Vietnam – 144,000
Hai Trieu – Vietnam – 116,000
Tien Thanh “Terry” Nguyen – 11,000
With VND 2,000,000 per head scalped, the remaining prize pool amounted to VND 504,240,000 at VND 6.6M buy-in. Eight players have already shaved off pieces of the pot with payouts starting at 17th place. The largest cut will go to one of the finalists above with the eventual winner pocketing the lion’s share VND 142,450,000. We will have the full results up as soon as it concludes tomorrow.
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Article by Tricia David